2018 Season Countdown: #19 Jon Runyan, Jr.

2018 Season Countdown: #19 Jon Runyan, Jr.


August 9, 2018

Jon Runyan, Jr.

Name: Jon Runyan, Jr.
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 304 lbs.
High school: Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseh’s
Position: Offensive tackle
Class: Redshirt junior
Jersey number: #75
Last year: I ranked Runyan #31 and said he would be a part-time starter at right tackle and a backup left guard (LINK). He started one game at right tackle and played in nine games.
TTB Rating: 73

Runyan almost made a liar out of me, but he sneaked in a start at right tackle in the bowl game to make me look like Nostradamus. An athletic but slightly undersized Big Ten lineman, Runyan has been looked at as a stopgap at a few different positions. He has practiced at every position on the line at one point or another. He’s one of those players that hasn’t flashed greatness, but has shown consistency.

That will likely continue to be the theme going into 2018. Runyan isn’t huge and powerful, and he doesn’t generate a lot of movement when run blocking. He doesn’t have a ton of upside, but he’s a decent player entering his fourth year. The word filtering out of spring was that he would likely start at right tackle while Juwann Bushell-Beatty and James Hudson III battle it out on the left side; the loser of that battle will likely be a backup. New offensive line coach Ed Warinner must like Runyan pretty well. The other wild card could be freshman Jalen Mayfield, but starting a true freshman who didn’t enroll early is always a tricky proposition. I’m not expecting greatness from Runyan, but I think he can do a decent job this year.

Prediction: Starting right tackle

4 comments

  1. Comments: 877
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    je93
    Aug 09, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Agree, but there’s a poster over at GBMW who says he knows Mayfield, and that the kid is getting all #1 snaps at RT…

    “The other wild card could be freshman Jalen Mayfield, but starting a true freshman who didn’t enroll early is always a tricky proposition”

    • JC
      Comments: 194
      Joined: 8/17/2015
      JC
      Aug 09, 2018 at 1:27 PM

      If that is in fact the case, it could be a few things:
      – Motivational tactic for Runyan.
      – Getting the best backup tackle ready.
      – The 296 lbs listed on the roster is accurate and he’s ready to play.

  2. Comments: 9
    Joined: 12/17/2015
    MGoStrength
    Aug 09, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    MSU & Wiscy both blitz well with experienced LBs. Bosa & Chase Young are going to be a handfull for anyone. Patterson’s legs will certainly help. But, my question is will our tackles be too much of a liability to beat some some of the better defenses (again) this year? Secondarily, will Hudson get a chance at RT? If he develops into the 2nd best tackle as the season wears on can he jump over to RT? As we look at the schedule Wiscy, MSU, PSU, & OSU all show up the second half of the season where presumably a young guy will develop over that time.

    • Painter Smurf
      Comments: 255
      Joined: 8/12/2015
      Painter Smurf
      Aug 10, 2018 at 10:40 PM

      They may just want to leave Hudson at one position so he gets comfortable. Especially if they see him as the future at LT. If Hudson’s development is stunted, LT will likely be a problem again in’19 too.*

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